Alex Matthiessen is the President of Riverkeeper, the organization that has been leading the decades-long effort to reclaim the Hudson River. By forging partnerships with leading academic and research institutions, he has strengthened and expanded Riverkeeper’s environmental enforcement efforts and advanced scientific understanding of the Hudson River.
While at Interior, he received a Presidential Award from the White House for his Green Energy Parks initiative. Previous to that, Matthiessen spent a year in Indonesia as an economic policy analyst for the Harvard Institute for International Development and a summer working at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Earlier in his career, he was the grassroots program director for the Rainforest Action Network in San Francisco. More recently, Alex served on Governor-elect Spitzer’s policy advisory committee advising the then governor-elect on energy and environmental policy matters. He also served as chair of the Energy Committee of the Westchester County Climate Change Task Force as well as chair of the Water Resources Committee of the MTA Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainability. Matthiessen earned a Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1995 and a BA, with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies, from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1988.